A 20-year-old figure skating champion took her own life by jumping from her apartment building after she retired from competition due to health problems.
Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya may have committed suicide but according to Izvestiu, ‘the circumstances of the incident are being clarified.’
The figure skating champion, who was born in Russia, obtained Australian citizenship four years ago.
In 2018, she completed for her adopted country at the Pyeongchang Olympics with her skating partner Harley Windsor.
Even though they won the world junior title, Miss Alexandrovskaya was forced to retire from competitions as she sustained several injuries.
According to TASS, a heartbreaking note was found in her room after she jumped from the window.
Windsor said he was ‘devastated’ by the tragic news. He took to Instagram and wrote: “The amount we had achieved during our partnership is something I can never forget and will always hold close to my heart.”
The chef de mission for the Australian team in Pyeongchang, Ian Chesterman, said the incident was a shock for everyone who knew her.
“It is enormously sad to lose Katia, who was a vibrant and talented person and an incredible athlete,” Mr. Chesterman said.
“She was quiet and humble in her manner but incredibly determined to be the best she could be.
“Life since the Games has not been easy for her and this is another timely reminder of just how fragile life is.”
One internet user commented: “How utterly horrific and such a tragic loss of a young talented life. Challenging times we live in. Fight for the light!”
Another wrote: “What a shame this beautiful young talented lady felt she had to end her life . Nothing else to say but RIP .”
A third added: “Rest in gentle peace. Gone far too soon ! I wish she could have seen a better path.”
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